Many times when we think about being perfect, we are consciously or subconsciously comparing ourselves to other people. But here is the problem with that approach: anytime that you play the comparison game, you lose.

First, everyone is unique. No two human beings are identical in every aspect. You need to be whom you were created to be. There will never be another person who can fill your role quite the way that you do.

Second, if you are going to be in competition with anyone, then be in competition with yourself. Instead of worrying about how much better or worse someone else is compared to you, focus on how you are doing today compared to yesterday. Depending on your findings, you may have fresh insights into how you should marshal your resources going into your new day. Your goal is to become a better you.

If we can internalize these practices, then we will truly have adopted a perfectionism that works.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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